Luykas Gerritse Wyngaert


Luykas Gerritse Wyngaert was an Albany mainstay during the last half of the seventeenth century. He was known as "Luykas Gerritse."

His wife was Anna Van Hoesen with whom he had at least nine children. He was a member of the Albany Dutch church.

In 1679, his name was included on a census of Albany householders. In 1681, he joined with other Albany burghers in a petition regarding the fur trade. Over the years, he subscribed to several similar, community-based documents.

Nominally a baker, he probabaly used that talent to have tradeable commodities with which to barter for furs. After holding a number of service titles, he was elected assistant alderman for the second ward - first in 1686. He sat on the city council for portions of three decades. In 1702, his first ward home was valued on the city assessment roll.

In 1697, his Albany household included two other adult men in a community where most living units were nuclear.

At the end of October in 1709, Luykas Gerritse Wyngaert filed a joint will with his wife. It named two sons and mentioned seven other children.

In 1720, the name of Luykas Wyngaert appeared on a list of freeholders living in Albany's first ward. The name "Luycas Gerritse Wyngaert" was included on the list of first ward freeholders as late as 1742. He then would have died sometime thereafter.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Luykas Gerritse Wyngaert is CAP biography number 6218. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/10/06